Of Mice and Men Chapter by Chapter Analysis

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Symbolism -He uses nature to contrast from a utopia to a dystopia world and contrasts of words such as ‘deep’ for good and ‘shallow’ for bad also the writer mentions in the first section the imagery of a beautiful fresh garden. He uses words like ‘green’, ‘rosy’ and ‘sycamores’ to describe a peaceful and natural setting. - The writer uses the effect of contrasting between light and dark to show the conflicting differences between the lush green grasses by the river and a snake in a dark pool. This could signify that in the story everything is fine and happy but then something takes a turn for the worst and something bad happens. - The word ‘periscope’ is used in the book to show similarities to the snake’s head bobbing in the water. Periscopes are used on submarines and submarines are evil and used in war so therefore it can show that evil is always watching. - Steinbeck hint at future/ past events in the text where it says ‘Another little water snake’. This shows us that there will be evil and bad moments coming up throughout the book. Moving on 1. The opening description of nature creates a sense of hope and optimism by mentioning things that you may describe as almost a utopia. The passage quotes ‘river… runs deep and green. The water is warm too, for it has slipped twinkling over the yellow sands in the sunlight before reaching the narrow pool.’ The mention of sunlight and yellow sands help us to think it is a joyful and happy place, which creates hope and optimism through the use of this description. 2. He uses nature to contrast atmospheres by using words such as ‘deep’ for good and ‘shallow’ for bad also the writer mentions in the first section the imagery of a beautiful fresh garden. He uses words like ‘green’, ‘rosy’ and ‘sycamores’ to describe a peaceful and natural setting. 3. Rabbits, lizards, dogs and snakes 4-5. George and Lennie,

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